On 2 June, the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime published a report saying that the islands of the western Indian Ocean have been drastically impacted by illicit drug markets. Mauritius and the Seychelles report some of the highest rates of heroin consumption in the world. Growing volumes of heroin are being trafficked via Madagascar, which also operates as a significant cannabis exporter in the inter-island drugs economy. This research report documents how drug markets are expanding and diversifying in the island states, fuelling corruption and driving growing domestic consumption.
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